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Oct 13, 2012 6:00pm EDT
major because i thought i wanted to go to law school, discovered, in fact, that i really loved the study of rhetoric, which is one of the the most ancient faculties, and decided to just do both. c-span: and how did you get to the washington post? >> guest: well, my senior year at berkeley i did an internship at newsweek magazine in their san francisco bureau. and it was, as a lot of people's experience in journalism, you discover that you're right there smack in the middle of some pretty exciting things. that was the year that the mayor of san francisco was assassinated, moscone, and also, the jonestown massacre. and most of the people who had been killed or committed suicide down in jonestown were from the san francisco area. it was a church. the people from there had started out as a church in san francisco. so here i was, this sort of young person sort of thrust into this really -- to me, it seemed like, "wow. this is like the front seat of america." and so i came to washington shortly after graduation. i didn't have a job. i had a friend who had also been an intern at newsweek who ca
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